CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

British Literature: Twentieth Century

Conrad, Nostromo

Hardy, Selected Poems

Lawrence, Women in Love

Shaw, Major Barbara

Joyce, Ulysses


Auden* and Thomas*

Orwell, 1984 and Animal Farm

Forster, Passage to India

Larkin*, Heaney*, and Gunn*

Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Murdoch, The Bell

Huxley, Point Counter Point

Beckett, Waiting for Godot and Endgame

Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Orton, Loot

* all selections in the most recent edition of the Norton Anthology of English